Hideki Matsuyama Hits Shot Of The Year Contender To Make History In Sony Open Epic


Going into the back nine on the final day, Hideki Matsuyama saw himself five shots behind Russell Henley but, thanks to a sublime final nine, he managed to force a playoff, with a 276-yard three-wood coming up just a foot shy at the very first playoff hole. This incredible shot set up an historic eagle and victory, a victory that would also tie the most PGA Tour wins by an Asian-born player.

It’s not as if Henley had done anything wrong during the final round. For context, there have been 31 instances where a player held the 54-hole lead and shot 65 or better in a final round, 29 of them went on to win. The two who didn’t were Abraham Ancer at the 2020 RBC Heritage and now Henley at the 2022 Sony Open.

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